Monday, November 13, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Mystery Romance Author Mary Ball

Mary Ball enjoys creating small towns and friendly, but flawed characters. She has one wonderful daughter who has given her two handsome grandsons. She also has a daughter in heaven. That experience gives her the courage to tackle death in her novels.
Recently, she shared a story where God touched her life, in Life-changing Miracles, by Bethany House publishers. 

Small town romance, suspense and mystery, surrounded by His grace. Mary Ball's writing will make you smile, fill your heart with joy and give new meaning to Christmas, love and answered prayers. 
Welcome to my blog, Mary. Where did you get your inspiration for Thanksgiving Secret?

Each year in November, I do a book signing at an annual Christian Church bazaar. Last year, I took my ten-year-old grandson with me to spend the day. On the way home he says, “Nana, I want you to write a book that has Thanksgiving in it so that next year we’ll have one at the craft show.” I just shook my head, smiled and glanced at him in the back seat. The next day he reminded me about the book. So I thought, “why not.” As I’m contemplating ideas, Matthew Blake’s secret started begging to be written. I dedicated this book to Blake, my grandson, for pushing me to do a Thanksgiving novella.   
What is Thanksgiving Secret about?

A secret has a life of its own.

Matthew Blake left home in search of fame. Years later, writer’s block threatens his career. He returns to his roots hoping to rejuvenate his creative juices and meets Lucinda Wise. Unknown to Matt, he’s involved in a mystery, that is soon to be unearthed.

Lucinda rents her tiny house to Matt. Despite his self-centered ways, she finds herself enjoying his company and sharing her faith with him, but timing is everything. She’s dedicated her life to her five-year-old daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.
As Thanksgiving approaches, Matt discovers that Lucinda is the partaker of a secret that will change his life forever. Can he accept that God’s plan for his future is the right one?

You also have a Christmas story. Please tell us about A Love Valley Christmas.

Step off the pavement, onto a dirt road and join our fictional characters celebrating Christmas in Love Valley, North Carolina, a real western community.

When Susie Aleman isn’t running Spurs, a mercantile in Love Valley, she’s raising her sixteen year old son, Zam. She’s content with life, and relies on no one but God. Then Ty Porter moves to Love Valley and stampedes into her heart.

Ty Porter has given up on women. All he wants is a fresh start, and a new pair of cowboy boots. That is, until he meets Susie. As Christmas Eve rolls around, can he convince Susie that love after thirty-five is worth the risk? Will Susie lead Ty to see that the Lord can be trusted?

What was the inspiration behind this book?

A Love Valley Christmas is the first book I’ve written about a cowboy. My publisher sent a call-out for Christmas novellas. She specified it could be contemporary or western, with a cowboy, ages from twenty-five to forty. I was immediately drawn, because I’d always wanted to write about a modern day cowboy, and characters that were older than thirty.    

Oh yes. I understand completely. There aren’t many romantic stories with couples between ages 30 – 40. What is your favorite thing to do at Christmas time?

Get together with the family, and go sightseeing for Christmas decorations and lights.      

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

Linda, thanks for asking.

My website is I have my blog page connected to my website for convenience:

Thank you so much for this interview, Mary. I hope my readers will check out your books.


Mary L Ball said...

Linda, thank you for having me on your blog. I look forward to meeting your readers.

Library Lady said...

I've read her book, "Stone of Destiny". I did not put it down until I finished it.
If I win, I would like the book, "Thanksgiving Secret" because I was born on Thanksgiving. You might say that it was a secret because I was born 2 months early or should I say a surprise, instead.
Janet E.

Linda Moffitt said...

Thanksgiving Secret looks really good. I don't see many Thanksgiving Books out there. That would be really neat. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win. :)
iamabho AT gmail DOT com

Joann Downie said...

I think they are both interesting,thank you!!

Holly Letson said...

"Thanksgiving Secret" looks like a fun read.

Mary L Ball said...

Hi Everyone. Thanksgiving Secret was fun to write.
I hope each of you have a great Thanksgiving.

Lori B. said...

I think they both look interesting! Thanks for a chance to win!!

TammyAnn said...

I would love to read Thanksgiving Secret. Both books look really good!

kcharlton said...

I love the background information on your writing and yourself! happy Thanksgiving!

Jan Hall said...

I would love to read both books. I like knowing the author is not afraid to write about death.fishingjanATaolDOTcom

Mary L Ball said...

Hi Jan, I understand the heartache well. I also know the feeling of thankfulness because a loved one is safe in God's arms.

I lost a daughter years ago. She was sixteen. It was a terrible wreck. At that time I stepped away from God, (I suppose I questioned his mercy) But I'm very grateful that the Lord never gave up on my. He pulled on my heart strings until I came crawling back into His loving care.Since then, I've seen that the Lord's grace abounds in ways we never realize,like the fact that my first born accepted the Lord three months before her death. :)
Now, I live each day praising Him because one day I'll see her again.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.

scottsgal said...

A Love Valley Christmas sounds like a wonderful story for the holidays

One Woman Juggler Dawn said...

Both look like great Holiday reads!!! Thanks for the interviews and giveaways!!

nikki said...

Thank you for the giveaway and both books sound like great reads!

Linda Moffitt said...

Shared on Twitter

Samantha Martin said...

I used to read all the time before I became a single mother but he is 3 now so I am finally catching back up. Although missing 3 years of reading is like a lifetime!

debbie curto said...

I would like to win either of these books! Love Holidays stories

Patty Curry said...

I would like either one of these books.

Melanie Backus said...

Either book would be great!

Mary L Ball said...

It's been great "cyber" meeting each of you. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Jan. You are the winner of this wonderful book. I know you'll enjoy it.